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Protein & Peptide Letters


ISSN (Print): 0929-8665
ISSN (Online): 1875-5305

A Plant-Defensin from Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.)

Author(s): Lara Padovan, Ludovica Segat, Alessandro Tossi, Nikolinka Antcheva, Ana Maria Benko-Iseppon, Akio Kido Ederson, Lucas Brandao, Tercilio Calsa Jr. and Sergio Crovella

Volume 16 , Issue 4 , 2009

Page: [430 - 436] Pages: 7

DOI: 10.2174/092986609787848027

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Comparing available Poaceae defensins with sugarcane ESTs, a putative defensin gene was identified in sugarcane and cloned from genomic sugarcane DNA. The deduced encoded peptide shows the structure and amino acid composition typical of other plant defensins. Using RTPCR, defensin expression in sugarcane and differences between “normal” and infected sugarcane were evidenced.

Keywords: Antimicrobial peptides, plant defensin, Poaceae, polymerase chain reaction, protein function, Saccharum spp.

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